The Elixir: Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Have you peaked into your kitchen cabinets wanting to attempt some DIY recipes? Apple Cider Vinegar should already be in your possession. If not, be sure to buy the organic/unpasteurised kind. When you see the cloudy substance that descends to the bottom of the container, that is exactly what you want. Don’t worry, you will end up using it. Plus, a bottle of ACV (946ml) can be bought for approximately £7. After all, every penny counts when the wedding day preparations are on the way. The goal here is to feel and know that the healthiest version of y-o-u is always projected. Therefore, by experimenting with ACV, you will find that the beneficial properties of this natural product keep growing. Here are my top three recommendations.

Guest Writer Olivia Gudaniec

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Hair

Whether you want longer, stronger, frizz free hair, or you are experiencing hair loss, lice, dandruff, an itchy scalp, even oily hair… why not consider incorporating ACV before the most important day of your life? Worried about the vinegar smell? Rest assured that when your hair dries, the smell will go with it.

Even if you wash your hair vigorously and throughly, it is hard to remove all the product build up over time. Luckily for us, the acid in ACV aids to manage proper pH levels all the while, helping to eliminate fungus, bacteria, tangles and so forth. After playing around with a few DIY apple cider vinegar recipes, the concoction found in the doTERRA summer magazine stands out in particular. Remember to slowly incorporate this rinse into your routine, as a substitute for conditioner.


Ingredients

4 cups of water
3 tablespoons ACV
5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil (This oil is supposed to do wonders for your hair)
5 drops of Lavendar Essential Oil

Directions

a. Bring the water to boil in a large pot and remove from heat. Let it cool.
b. Add vinegar, lavender and rosemary essential oils.

c. Pour into a container. I used glass jars. Seal them and shake. Then let them sit for a at least two hours.

d. When ready to use (after shampooing) pour the liquid over your hair and massage into your scalp. Do this for a few minutes at the very minimum. Not only is it good to give yourself a scalp massage but remember that the ACV needs some time to break down all those products. Rinse with cool water.

Tip

Remember to experiment to find a dilution that works best for your hair type. I have read on multiple forums that dry hair = less ACV and oily hair= more ACV.*

Drinking it

Whether we are discussing issues such as blood sugar levels, weight loss, gut health and/or digestion, ACV is rumoured to help. Drinking a cup improves alkalinity in the body which in turn will give your digestive system a boost. The goal is to absorb as many nutrients from the food you eat. Plus it encourages healthy gut bacteria. At the very least you should consider drinking a cup next time you have heartburn, gas or bloating. This recipe was found while browsing pinterest.

Ingredients
1 tsp raw honey
2 tsps ACV
8 ounces warm/hot water (1 glass)

Directions
Mix together

*Similar recipes also include ginger, cayenne pepper & lemon juice. *

This simple recipe is a personal favourite, especially before eating anything in the morning. Some people use it throughout the day as a detox before every meal, while others like to drink it after eating. A few of my friends have even claimed that it helped them purge unnecessary waste. See what it can do for you!

Cleaning Your Home

These days, opting for organic and natural is always recommended. Did you know that ACV is a good alternative to your usual cleaning products? After all, your environment needs to stay clean in order for you to stay healthy – especially for the big day! ACV is antibacterial, natural, and can act as a room freshener by absorbing odours. So if you want to get the most out of your ACV bottle, take baby steps. Start by putting a cup of ACV in your toilet, scrubbing and letting it sit for twenty minutes or so. If you find that did the job, look up some more DIY recipes that are safe for you and your family. Put your health first and see the natural difference.

 

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